The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

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A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.

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The 292nd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 56th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  2. - 79th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  3. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  4. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at
  5. - "Our Readable Century", The Best Books of the 20th Century (January Magazine)
  6. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  7. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  8. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)

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